This Thursday afternoon (22nd), the first meeting of the year between the directors and coordinators of the Electoral Judiciary Schools (EJEs) of the whole country was held at the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), in Brasilia. The idea of the meeting, which ends on Friday (23rd), is to diffuse good practices and promote new ideas and integration amongst all the courts.
The director of TSE’s EJE, Justice Tarcisio Vieira de Carvalho Neto, opened the event together with the General Secretary to the Presidency of the Court, Carlos Eduardo Frazão Amaral, as well as EJE's Chief-counsellour, Leonardo Campos Soares da Fonseca.
According to the director, Justice Luiz Fux, upon assuming the presidency, reinforced the importance of the electoral schools and agreed on a series of institutional missions in order to raise the quality of the democracy. “Today's event is destined to the exchange of experiences between the judicial schools of each of the 27 Regional Electoral Courts and the TSE, in order to make a planning, a systematization of public policies aimed at raising this quality in all states of the federation,” he clarified.
The meeting, according to Justice Tarcisio Vieira, serves to “receive praise and even criticism, which will be analyzed with great care, honesty and sensitivity, so that the Court can improve its performance.”
In his presentation, the General Secretary highlighted the opportunity to work with civil servers that give their maximum to the country. “It is an honor for us to welcome all the suggestions. We want you all to be our partners and we want the best not only for the TSE but also for the Electoral Justice, TREs and, especially, for Brazil. In this administration, I have had the chance to work with civil servers that are competent and full of ideas. I have also realized that various entities from the civil society have given their maximum to the country. I see commitment and extremely valuable suggestions,” he said.
At the time, Frazão pointed out some projects, designed by the president, which are supposed to be carried out by the Electoral Judiciary School, such as the project Politicians of the Future: “This is a continuation of the project ‘Voters of the Future’, which promotes the training of children and adolescents in the subject of political education through pedagogical activities. The idea of this project is to encourage young people, good citizens, so that they can become political agents and help in the political renewal,” said the General Secretary to the Presidency.
Another project proposal is the Electoral Caravan. According to Frazão, its purpose is to take citizenship to certain places of the country and to spread the Electoral Justice. “One of the objectives of the project is to explain, to the citizen, how the electoral legislation works in an easier and more objective way, as well as to expand the biometric system nationwide,” he said.
According to him, the intention of the Electoral Caravan is also to make events for the improvement of the electoral legislation throughout the country but aimed at lawyers, civil servants, members of the Department of Justice and judges.
For the director of Bahia’s Electoral Judiciary School, Patricia Cerqueira Kertzman, the meeting between the regional schools and TSE’s EJE is an important tool for strengthening and growth. “Regional schools now have an average of 15 years but there are still challenges in structuring these units so that they can develop projects for the qualification of their magistrates, for citizenship, for publication and for research. Therefore, this dialogue, this approximation with the school of the TSE with the Justice director of the school is very important, because our needs will be taken to the Presidency,” he said.